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Wednesday, January 5th (All times eastern)

New York Knicks (16-15) at Miami Heat (25-8), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Now that their franchise-best winning streak is a thing of the past, the Miami Heat try to begin a new streak when they conclude a three- game homestand against the New York Knicks at AmericanAirlines Arena.

On Monday, Miami fell to the Seattle SuperSonics, 98-96. Dwyane Wade netted 28 points for the Heat, who had their 14 game winning streak come to an end.

Shaquille O'Neal finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds in the win.

The Heat, who have not lost consecutive games since November 11-12, own the best record in the Eastern Conference. They actually had a chance to tie Monday's contest, but Eddie Jones missed a a potential game-tying three- pointer with less than a second to play.

Wade, who was named the East's player of the month Tuesday, has scored more than 20 points in 10 straight games and is averaging 27.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and eight assists over that span.

Miami,which had a seven-game home winning streak stopped on Monday, is 13-4 as the host this season.

The Knicks, meanwhile, have dropped two in a row after falling 105-94 to the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. Stephon Marbury led the way for the Knicks with 26 points and seven assists.

Nazr Mohammed chipped in 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Alan Houston added a season-high 21 points in the losing effort.

Marbury has been sensational of late. After netting just 38 points in a three- game stretch, Marbury has responded with 123 points in his last four games and has shot 45-of-80 from the field in those contests

New York, which will wrap up a two-game road trip Saturday against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, has won three of its last four on the road and is 6-9 away from home this season.

The Knicks split their two matchups with the Heat last season and have won three of four and four of the last six meetings. New York has also won five of its last eight in South Beach.

01/05 10:19:19 ET


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